Coffitivity = Productivity?

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As an in-house creative, I spend nine hours in the office. Like most jobs within the corporate setting, I have a desk of my own that comes with the necessities (ex. a computer that actually works). And like most jobs with the same environment, I share an office with other co-workers/teammates. There are 16 people in the same room as I am. It’s actually great when I need some breaks during my shift, especially since we are able to have chit-chats in between tasks and projects. But what to do when you need to just really, really be left alone and simply focus on your project? One word comes to mind, I’m pretty sure: Music.

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Because I Have This Weird Fixation with Notebooks

I hoard use notebooks of varying sizes for writing down bits and pieces of my ideas for a story, my blogs and other projects. I can scribble away on a piece of paper, jotting down my thoughts furiously just to duck away from the possibility of forgetting what I was thinking of in the first place. And then I absolutely suck at drawing or sketching or painting. Now that I have established my point (the point being that my definition of “draw something” is equal to stick figures; if I really like you, I’ll draw marshmallow figures, complete with a bow tie or flowered hat), I shall get to the heart of this post:

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Moleskine and FiftyThree Inc. bring you Book. You know all those sketches, poems, snippets of fiction, illustrations, and other glorious pieces of art you’ve created in Paper? It’s been made possible to create a 15-page foldout notebook containing your works. I think that’s pretty AWESOME. Having something you created jump out from the screen to being right in your hands, all personalized and suited according to your taste? It bears repeating: That’s pretty awesome. Here’s what the Book boasts of:

  • Moleskine quality
  • you get to choose the cover and the spine (classic black Moleskine hardcover is optional)
  • premium matte paper
  • images are printed with high quality (HP Indigo 4-color digital printing)

Here, take a look at this video to see what Book is all about:

Editorially Encourages + Supports the Writing Process

There’s a lot of application that’s focused on writing. It’s a matter of trial and error in finding which ones work best. It’s going to be different for everybody. Admittedly, I have kept a couple of applications/tools/programs for some time but have also devoted some time to test out other tools. And Editorially is one of them.

Editorially is an application for writing with a beautiful simple interface — clean and uncluttered. It lets you focus on your writing. You would be typing out a storm of thoughts the moment you open it up. I know that happened to me. It isn’t just the sheer simplicity and beauty of this application that caught my eye and made me try it out. What’s also nice about it is the way it’s built to foster collaborative writing. Here’s a brief list of why I like Editorially:

  • The uncluttered user interface is gorgeous. It uses the markdown for its writing environment. Sometimes, what we need is exactly that. Simple, unobtrusive, uncluttered tool which allows little room for hassles in coding.
  • You can keep track of the various saved versions of your articles. A timeline, if you will. It’s pretty handy to have that feature.
  • The autosave function helps cushion panic moments when something with technology goes wrong, like a blackout caused by an attack of the zombies. Zombies who munched on cable wires because it looks tasty to them.
  • You can have other users comment on your article. Just highlight which part, click on a button and there you have it! Comment away!
  • You can update the status of each article you create. Each status is color-coded, such as violet for Reviewing, blue for Draft, etc.

It may not look much for people who like their writing application with bells and whistles. For those who want a simple, clutter-free space which gives our minds enough room to breathe, I think Editorially would work for you. Also, it’s going to be beneficial if you’re working on a project. I know I’m going to use this one for my upcoming ezine.  It’s currently in beta right now but you could always sign up for free. Hop on over here. For a sneak peek, take a look at the video below:

+ points: Snapshots of the application.

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The Editorially home page. Go on ahead. Sign up and test it out for yourself 🙂
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Update your piece of work with a status. Choose from Draft, Reviewing, Revising, Copyediting, and Final. Each status is color-coded too. Yay!
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Yes, you could export your article. Pretty thoughtful of them to include this feature.
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Editorially makes it easy to reach out to others by leaving comments on your article.Collaboration is the name of the game.